At 37 years old, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has made
history today as the youngest appointed US Surgeon
General and the first of Indian descent.
The Senate voted tonight 51-43 to confirm Murthy as
America’s top doctor after the position was vacant for over
a year. Here are seven facts you should know about the
19th US Surgeon General:
1. He was born in England to immigrant parents.
Murthy’s parents are from South India, but he grew up in
Miami. Throughout his life, he has made frequent visits to
his parents’ homeland, according to an interview in Harvard
2. He wanted to be in the medical field since he was a kid.
His father was a family practitioner in Miami and, as a
young boy, Murthy would spend time in his father’s clinic. It
was how he developed a love for medicine and science.
3. He’s wicked smart.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician did his
undergrad at Harvard University, graduating magna cum
laude in three years’ time. He didn’t stop there. Murthy got
a combined medical and business degree from Yale. He was
also valedictorian of his high school.
4. The NRA did not want him appointed.
There was dispute in the spring when Obama first
nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as
Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which
he has made known on Twitter.
The complete story is on ABC NEWS